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August 2, 2016

Hello all!

IMG_9253It’s August 2nd, which means THE SMALLER EVIL is now officially out and in the wild. It’s a book I love for all its strangeness and questions; its moral ambiguity and its pursuit of what it means to belong. The main character, Arman, is tasked with figuring out whether the source of his unhappiness is internal and external. Is something wrong with him? Or is it his environment?

I was speaking just yesterday with someone about the ways in which the scientific method allows us to und...

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Published on August 02, 2016 07:47 • 18 views

May 17, 2016

IMG_8639I was thrilled a few weeks ago to learn that DELICATE MONSTERS had been nominated for this year’s Northern California Book Award in the Children’s Literature for Older Readers category, along with Tamara Ireland Stone’s fabulous EVERY LAST WORD, Sabaa Tahir’s gorgeous AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, and Kate Schatz’s amazing and beautifully illustrated RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A-Z: REBELS, TRAILBLAZERS, & VISIONARIES WHO SHAPED OUR HISTORY…AND OUR FUTURE! (illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl).IMG_8639

I was lucky eno...

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Published on May 17, 2016 18:03 • 35 views

April 26, 2016

Hello! This is a quick post with information on where I’ll be this weekend at YALLWEST in Santa Monica. My schedule will be as follows:


Signing: 12 noon

Panel: 1:00 pm WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW – OR WHAT YOU WANT? Humanities Building Why do some writers choose to reflect their personal experiences in their books, while others use fiction to explore something completely new or different? Moderated by Stephanie Kuehn, with John Corey Whaley,Brandy Colbert, Alex Gino, Julie Murphy, Sarah Bu...
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Published on April 26, 2016 06:39 • 10 views

March 15, 2016


So far it’s managed to rain the entire month of March. Seeing as I’m in California, that’s been a good thing. Our hills are green; our Sierras white. Other good things have happened this March, too. My daughter, my mother, and I recently traveled to Turlock for the state Rabbit and Cavy Convention (cavies are guinea pigs). My daughter shows her Netherland dwarf and does 4-H showmanship (where she’s judged on how she presents her rabbit), and we also got her a new rabbit: a broken baby Polish...

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Published on March 15, 2016 08:39 • 37 views

February 2, 2016

Groundhog Day is hereIMG_7669, and already it feels as if this year is speeding ahead without me when I’m not looking. My kid’s baseball season starts today (and it’s raining), the Super Bowl is in town, The X-Files is back, and I have a book due this month, which I am in the midst of furiously revising.

I also recently received ARCs of The Smaller Evil, which are beautiful and which means this book is almost a real thing. It’s always a lovely moment in the publishing process and also a bittersweet o...

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Published on February 02, 2016 06:02 • 24 views

January 8, 2016

convictionToday I’m wrapping up this fabulous week of Morris Award finalist interviews by sharing a conversation I had with the lovely Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of CONVICTION. Truth be told, I’ve had been a huge fan of this book ever since I read it last spring and I am so very happy to see it being recognized by this year’s Morris Committee. CONVICTION is the story of Braden, a high school pitching star whose life is thrown into chaos when his evangelical radio-host father is indicted in the murder of...

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Published on January 08, 2016 07:11 • 24 views

November 16, 2015

Hello! This is just a quick post to share a few bits of news.

The cover (and new title) for my 2016 book, The Smaller Evil, was revealed over at YA Highway. You can check out what I said about it over there, but bottom line is that I love it. It’s perfect. I can’t wait for you to read Arman’s story. I’ve seen the first pass pages of the book. They are beautiful. They also mean that the book is pretty much done. At least the writing-of-it part. I haven’t quite said my goodbyes to it yet, … re...
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Published on November 16, 2015 06:00 • 79 views

November 1, 2015

IMG_7244 My family and I attempted this challenge last year and were only able to watch 16 films. I’m not sure why it was so hard, but I will blame it on my dissertation, which I was working on at the time. It was the cause of much distraction: both mental and physical.

Well, this year, we planned ahead (somewhat) and were finally successful at meeting the challenge. (It also inspired this year’s Halloween costumes, as evidenced in some of the photos below.) I really loved horror films when I was a k...

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Published on November 01, 2015 16:52 • 19 views

May 14, 2015

Naylor winner_KuehnYesterday I woke up to the wonderful news that I’ve been awarded the 2015 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for my forthcoming novel, The Pragmatist! It is such an honor, and I so appreciate the kind words from the judges about the manuscript. It’s really a special moment for me, and I am beyond excited to be working on this book. Many thanks to PEN, the judges, and Phyllis Naylor for this recognition and opportunity, and congratulations to all the authors and books honored this ye...

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Published on May 14, 2015 18:24 • 73 views

April 16, 2015


It’s less than two months until the release of Delicate Monsters, and I’ve been so overwhelmed of late with other life obligations and impending events (graduation! a wedding! rabbit shows! the lunar eclipse! oh, so many Little League games!) that I haven’t had time to focus on what putting this book into the world means to me. In some ways, that’s a good thing, but I do hope to take the time to reflect before June 9th arrives.

But a few nice updates:

Delicate Monsters received starred re...

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Published on April 16, 2015 08:54 • 39 views